Company CEO Pascal Soriot told JP Morgan and other investors over a conference call that the woman from the United Kingdom developed neurological symptoms consistent with this "rare" disease almost immediately following injection, though AstraZeneca insists that the experimental vaccine is not to blame.
The woman is said to be "improving," and will likely be released from the hospital in the next few days. In the meantime, AstraZeneca, which partnered with the University of Oxford to develop the vaccine that injured her, is trying to figure out when it might resume the phase-three trial to get the vaccine released in time for the election, upon request from President Donald Trump.
Soriot's comments, according to one of the investors who participated in the call, were apparently intended to reassure everyone that the company was taking the vaccine safety event seriously. The goal was to convey to investors that everything is just fine and moving right along, despite this minor hiccup.